Five Easy Pieces script
Synopsis: Rejecting his cultured upper-class background as a classical pianist, Robert Dupea (Jack Nicholson) opts for a blue-collar existence, working in a California oil field and spending time with his waitress girlfriend, Rayette (Karen Black). But when Robert discovers that his father is gravely ill, he wants to reunite with his estranged family in the state of Washington. He and Rayette take a road trip that brings the two paths of his life to an uncomfortable intersection.


in a waitress's uniform with a bowl of beer nuts.

After placing them on the coffee table in front of

him, she leans down and kisses him. Challenged by a

less than reciprocal response, she kisses him more

fervently. As she moves her lips from his ear to

his neck, he lifts the can to his mouth and drinks.


"Stand by your man/And show the

world you love him/Keep giving all

the love you can/Stand by your


The song concludes, and setting aside her ardor for

the moment:


(Arky accent)

I'm gonna play it again...

As she starts for the stereo, he takes hold of her



You're not going to play it again.


Well, lemme play the other side




Again, he prevents her from moving to the stereo

and pulls her down onto the couch.


Now quit, Bobby. You said you're

goin' a help me pick a song.


You said.


Well, lemme sing the one I picked

an' see what you think...

(she sings)

"When there's a fire in your

heart/Break the glass/Sound the


He picks up one of the couch pillows and holds it

over his ear.


Oh, you prick...

She pulls it from his hand.


How 'bout if I just cut off your

damn water?


I'm too moved by your gentility to


She immediately softens and tries to become more



Sugar, you know how I feel about

you, don't you? I'm just tryin' to

get you to take an interest in my

kind a things, an' what I'm tryin'

to do with myself...

(bringing her face close

to his)

You know, there id'n anything in

the world I wouldn't do for you,

baby. I started livin' the day I

found you, you know that?


You're playing the other side.

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Bob Rafelson

Robert "Bob" Rafelson is an American film director, writer and producer. He is regarded as one of the founders of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s. more…

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